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Bedford Highlanders

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"Thousands of friendships have formed between the laddies and their hosts in Bedford, and a real affection for them has sprung up in town and the villages around. We have learnt to respect out guests, who, as a rule, have acted like gentlemen. One pleasing feature of their conduct in the way they have made friends with the children."

The Highland Division at Bedford - An illustrated souvenir. Published by the Bedfordshire Times publishing group, 1915.

In 1914 20,000 Highlanders marched into Bedford to undergo training before being sent to the front. The 1911 Census gave the population of Bedford as 39,183 so the impact of such a large number of soldiers arriving in the Town was tremendous. Find out more about the impact on the town through the links below.

(Photo on this page: courtesy of Alistair Davidson)

Page last updated: 21st August 2014